Wi-Fi cups let lovers toast at a distance

Long-distance lovers have tools for maintaining intimacy: e-mail, cell phones, digital cameras… but Wi-Fi drinking glasses? Human-computer interaction experts at MIT's Media Lab believe communal drinking is an important social interaction. They've designed glasses, dubbed the Lover's Cups, equipped with sensors and wireless links (GPRS or Wi-Fi) to connect with the Internet. When a lover picks up a glass, their partner's red LEDs glow. If either puts their lips to the glass, white LEDs let you know your other half is taking a sip. Will Lover's Cups be a savior for relationships burdened by distance? They can't hurt, but I'd imagine lovers might prefer if MIT found a way to recreate a different intimate activity. The glasses will be officially introduced at the CHI 2006 conference in Montreal in April.